Keeping you safe during new Broadband & Talk installation
We continue to adapt to help our customers as best and safely as possible in line with the recently updated government Covid-19 guidelines.
Because of this, Openreach are currently minimising any work inside the home. That means if we cannot successfully connect your Broadband & Talk service externally we will need access to your home to install a new line.
So, what does this mean for you?
If you’re switching to Sky Broadband or moving home and you have an engineer booked to install your new line, then Openreach will still attempt to connect your service but they’ll now try and do that from outside your home.
But in some cases it really isn’t possible to activate a new line without going inside the home. If this in the case, the engineer will come into your home for a short period of time only, to install or replace a socket. They'll complete a pre-visit consultation call if they need to visit your home to make sure it is safe for the visit to go ahead. It will cover:
- Making sure there's a clear pathway for the engineer to access the master socket.
- All surfaces are cleaned before the visit.
- Leaving all windows and doors open during the visit, if possible.
- During the visit, asking you to maintain social distancing of two metres or go into another room.
- The Openreach engineer may choose to wear Personal Protective Equipment to keep both them and you safe. This is only as a precaution and nothing to be alarmed about.
Please watch this short video for more information: openreach.co.uk/coronavirusengineervisit.
Setting up your broadband
Your broadband won’t work until it’s been activated, if you have a telephone socket please set up your Sky Hub ahead of your activation day. set up your Sky hub.
Remember: Not all setups are the same, so make sure you check the setup guide that comes with your hub to get up and running without a hitch.
Like most businesses in the UK we’re still not back up and running as normal. We have less people in our offices due to social distancing so we’re not able to offer our full services and wait times may well be longer as calls are being prioritised for our most vulnerable customers and those who have already been online.